Vans Park Series sparks off its third year in São Paulo and for its first Rider Profile of 2018 they take a dive into the history of Brazil’s native son, Pedro Barros. Pedro finished in 2nd place at the 2017 VPS Championships in Shanghai China, and has won every VPS event held in Brazil. VPS sits down with Pedro to discuss his recent move to Huntington Beach, California, his upbringing in Florianopolis and the pressure of competing in front of the hometown fans.
2018’s Vans Park Series Pro Tour kicks off in São Paulo, Brazil at a brand new skatepark next weekend where Select Men and Women VPS Pros will go head to head with Challengers, Wildcards and regional hopefuls pushing for a piece of the season’s first VPS podium.
VPS tour vets Oskar Rozenberg Hallberg (2017 Men’s Park Terrain World Champion), Ivan Federico, Jack Fardell, Cory Juneau and others. Florianópolis’ Pedro Barros will defend his 2016 and 20117 VPS Brazil titles and blaze against top contenders Tom Schaar, Alex Sorgente, and new Wildcard Fernando Bramsmark looking to claim a 3-peat in his home county.
The Brazil stop is also the newest addition to the expanded 2018 VPS Women’s Tour, open for registration to all women’s competitors to compete against Select Pros such as defending 2017 World Champion Nora Vasconcellos, former champ Brighton Zeuner, Lizzie Armanto, Jordyn Barratt and Brazil native Yndiara Asp. Prospective competitors are encouraged to enter here.
Located in the heart of São Paulo – the biggest city in Brazil and in the region—Vans will debut its brand-new park, a public, free access built-to-spec skatepark with over 2,800 square feet of never before skated park terrain, featuring a 9 1/2 foot deep end, multiple transfers, extensions, a center volcano, ledges, rails, and smooth concrete coping all around.
The 2018 Vans Park Series Pro Tour will be broadcast live in English and Portuguese for free on ETNlive.com, the ETN app, and vansparkseries.com. The broadcast times and the final roster of Select Pros, Challengers and Wildcards for the 2018 VPS Pro Tour is now available online at www.vansparkseries.com.
Vans Park Series has proudly announced the official 2018 VPS Pro Tour roster, inviting the top-ranking men and women pros from the 2017 season along with new Tour Challengers and Wildcards. VPS Select Pros are pre-seeded directly into the semi-finals at every VPS Pro Tour qualifying event, to be met by exclusive qualifying Tour Challengers in pursuit of valuable points toward their final year end rankings and a chance to compete in the 2018 VPS World Championships.
For the Women’s division, Vans Park Series expands the qualification series for the 2018 Women’s Pro Tour with events in Brazil, Sweden and United States, and announces open registration at each stop for all women’s competitors who are not currently on the VPS circuit. Prospective competitors are encouraged to enter here.
The final roster of Select Pros, Challengers and Wildcards for the 2018 VPS Pro Tour is now available online at www.vansparkseries.com.
Vans Park Series
2018 World Championship Tour Invitees*
Oskar Rozenberg Hallberg
Men’s Tour Wildcards
Women’s Select Pros
The 2018 Vans Park Series Pro Tour will be broadcast live and for free on the ETN app, ETNlive.com, and vansparkseries.com.
The Vans Park Series brought many of the world’s top park terrain rippers to Shanghai, China last week. And despite the shuffle in the competition schedule due to wet weather, Oskar Rozenberg Hallberg and Nora Vasconcellos earned their keep as 2017’s world champions of park terrain skateboarding. Drop by the Vans Park Series website for a wrap of the action.
Brazilian ripper Pedro Barros tore into the bowls, hips and spine of Hastings Skatepark with raw determination in his first-ever visit. His Canada victory marks his second event win on the 2017 Vans Park Series Men’s Pro Tour.
“Fortunately, I was able to come to Canada this year,” said Canada event winner Pedro Barros. “This place, everybody, the energy, these guys are true skaters. Thank you, we are all united together!”
1. Pedro barros
2. Karl Berglind
3. Tom Schaar
4. Ivan Federico
5. Cory Juneau
6. Robin Bolian
7. Trey Wood
8. Alex Sorgente
Rune Glifberg (Denmark) and Amelia Brodka (Poland) were crowned as the first ever VPS European park terrain champions yesterday. Introduced this year, the VPS Continental Championships provide an open path for regional talent to compete alongside qualifying VPS Tour Pros in the World Championships and a chance to earn a spot on the 2018 VPS Pro Tour.
Top VPS Select Pros Pedro Barros, Chris Russell, Raven Tershay, Grant Taylor, Kevin Kowalski and current World Champion Alex Sorgente and more, will battle it out against advancing Men’s Pro Tour Challengers below.
VPS Brazil Global Qualifier – Tour Challenger Results
1. Tom Schaar
2. Vincent Matheron
3. CJ Collins
4. Karl Berglind
5. Roman Pabich
6. Tristan Rennie
7. Trey Wood
8. Willy Lara
9. Robin Bolian*
10. Vinicius Kakinho*
To see the full list of 2017 results and remaining 2017 VPS World Tour events with information on how to enter or watch live, download the free Vans Park Series iOS app or visit Vans Park Series online.
Vans Park Series 2017 World Tour
March 4th – Sydney, Australia**
April 8th – Serra Negra, Brazil**
May 27th – Malmö, Sweden**
July 8th – Vancouver, Canada**
August 5th – Huntington Beach, USA
September 23rd – Shanghai, China
*Broadcasted live on Red Bull TV